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So-So Dinner at Delfina

Marc Veyrat | Aug 13, 200908:45 AM

In past postings, I have gone back and forth with some of my fellow Chowhounders (including Robert Lauriston, who I believe has impeccable taste) about Delfina. I was there when it opened. I've been there a million times. I've enjoyed it for years. Recently, however, I just didn't get it. Candidly, if I was looking for a nice Italian dinner in town, I was reluctant to fight the reservations gaunlet at Delfina for what I perceived to be a good, but not divine, meal. So I found other outlets for my Italian hankering, including Farina and A16, both of which (as Mr. Lauriston noted once) are far easier to get into than Delfina. With all this as background, I have to tell you that I recently ate at Delfina. Our group had the sardines and the three crostini apps; the gnocchi and spaghetti for our primi piatti; and nearly all of the offered entrees for our secondi piatti. We had a mid-priced Barbaresco. It was a nice meal, but not a memorable one. I will definitely return, but I will not make a special effort to do so. Forgive me one and all, but -- dare I say it? -- I prefer Farina over Delfina. I know one isn't supposed to say that. But when Farina is "en fuego" (and admittedly it's not always there), and you order the prosciutto with bufala and olive oil; their version of a country pizza; and the branzino, man o' man, look out. Farina's service and wine list can be spotty, but like a quirky new work colleague, I'm learning how to successfully maneuver my way around both. I'm tempted to say that I like A16 better than Delfina as well (based on, if nothing else, it's singularly unique wine list), but I've had some dinners there that were just so-so and I want to wait and see how recent shakeups will affect the place.

Is this just a matter of personal taste? Or am I losing my mind? Does anyone else feel the same way? Would love to hear from you...

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